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Eagle student faces charges and expulsion for cyber attacks

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BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - The West Ada School District in Meridian says a student is responsible for a series of cyber attacks in the last week.

The district says the Distributed Denial of Service attacks started last week and they disrupted the Internet access of thousands of students.

An email was sent out to parents Friday from the district saying they had identified the students responsible.

The Ada County Sheriff's Office says the student is 17 years old and he attends Eagle High School.

Investigators say the boy paid someone to do the attack.

The sheriff's office says the teen will likely face a felony computer crime charge, which is punishable by up to 180 days at a juvenile detention center.

The district says a middle school student may also be involved.

Officials say students lost work they had been doing on the Idaho Standards Achievement Test, which caused some to have to take the test multiple times.

Classrooms also lost access to online learning materials and the business operations of the district were also disrupted.

"it's been disrupting our school system for the last week and a half," said Eric Exline, spokesman for West Ada School District.

Alex Colberg, sophomore at Rocky Mountain high school, says she wasn't able to take her state standardized test this week in science class.

"We just had to sit for like an hour while the internet was down and we couldn't get the test to work until the very end of the period," she said.

The district says the student could face federal charges as well and that it will also recommend he be expelled.

The sheriff's office says the student's family will also be responsible for any financial damage done to the district.

The student's name has not been released.
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